Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you? How’s this second week of 2017 going so far? I hope it’s great. It’s snowy as I am writing this, and I am a teensy bit nervous to tackle this once again taboo or something subject, in my Blogging Ways feature but hey…let’s do this.
Before heading into this, a heads-up: I am no expert on this subject, nor do I know everything about this. Feel free to correct me and / or disagree, as long as it’s respectful.
I love blogging. I started a bit more than two years ago now, and I never stopped. There were hiatuses, obviously, there also were moments of doubt, of annoyance, of craziness and of thinking way too much about everything. I love blogging but it’s time consuming. It was taking up my days and weekends, when I was still studying, and it’s taking up my nights and weekends since I’ve been working. But I don’t regret it one single second.
That being said, it’s hard not to think of a way to make this more than just a hobby where I type crazy things behind my keyboard, spend hours formatting blog posts and brainstorming to make this place the most mine that it can possibly be. It’s hard not to compare myself to everyone else, and it’s even harder, at times, to think about all of these bloggers who “made it” on a whole other level. Meaning, they get to do this all day, all week long, and actually get paid to write things they love on a little corner of the internet.
Being a paid, professional blogger has to be a taboo subject at times, and it’s even harder for us book bloggers to think about this, because the equation blogging + books = money doesn’t quite exist in the sense that you can actually live from it, thrive and just do that all day long. Or maybe you can. As I said before, I am no expert on the subject. Getting a little extra (read: a couple of dimes to buy more books) from all of this time spent blogging has crossed my mind more than a couple times, and it still does. And it’s not a dead-end, there are possibilities, and multiple bloggers already told so in a couple of fantastic blog posts I’m not here to copycat. Being an affiliate to Amazon or BookDepository. Making blogging designs. Offering blogging classes. Being a beta reader. Another really taboo and maybe a bit borderline, offering bookish reviews. All of these, and probably more possibilities I am forgetting here, would allow me to earn a bit from all this time I’m spending here.
Also, who can honestly say that just blogging all day long wouldn’t be a dream? I know I can’t.
But I also know that it’s complicated. I also know that it might be a dead-end, and that, just like if I finally finish my book and manage to publish it, I’d have to work on the side because there is no chance I’d be a bestselling author. Chances of being a bestselling bloggers are close to none in my mind as well. And I also know that, despite all of these considerations coming and going in my mind: self-hosting, having a more professional look, offering something to earn more, and just living this little dream of mine…. Well, I know that I am already getting something from blogging.
It might not be something that pays the bills, or the ginormous amount of books I’m buying every month, but it’s something more. And in a world surrounded and ruled by money, it feels good to say that on here, even if I’m not going to deny it’d be a gigantic plus, I don’t NEED the money. (Obviously we all need money. But I hope you know what I mean here) I just need this. To be able to ramble so long about this, about anything. To be able to bring a smile upon someone’s face and discover books, people, blogs, and more about who I am and what I love thanks to blogging.
This doesn’t mean monetizing won’t ever cross my mind again. This doesn’t mean that I’ll never take the plunge and do it. But it does mean that, no matter what, money or not, this is not what blogging is about for me, and I never want to forget it.
I’m obviously here to discuss your thoughts about this subject, because after rambling so much, I’d love to know how you feel about this…